Home safety evaluations look at the fit between the person and the environment. The evaluation begins with an assessment of the needs of the home dweller. This information provides insight into the types of modifications that can help the resident live safely and independently in their hime. Common suggestions include the correct placement of grab bars, removal of rugs, improved lighting and the application of non-skid treads on stairways.
Home evaluations can also help the family learn proper transfer techniques, and provide other tips for helping the client to participate in daily activities. Quite often engagement in activities reduces after an injury due to fear of completing the task, or lack of motivation and self-esteem. OTs emphasize participation in activities, and can help figure out the best way to combat inactivity.